Atherton does not want his side to make the same mistakes as in South Africa 12 months ago, and in Zimbabwe earlier on this tour. England began their five-match series with a day-night international in Christchurch in the early hours of this morning - and Atherton said: "It's a similar situation to a year ago. We performed creditably in the Tests against South Africa and then we had a disastrous end to that tour by losing the one-dayers 6-1.
"In Zimbabwe a couple of months ago we lost the one-day series 3-0 and played very poorly," the England captain added. "I think we need to stress to the players the importance of finishing on a high note in New Zealand, despite our Test series success, because if we don't do well in these one-day games then they will be people's last memories of this winter. I don't think this trip deserves that kind of send-off.
"I maintain that in the Tests we have played outstanding cricket at times, but our one-day performances have been a different matter and we must put that right over the next couple of weeks."
Phil Tufnell's alleged pot-smoking antics in a Christchurch bar took a new twist in the form of posters plastered all over town. The hastily- printed bills said: "Phil Tufnell must agree - Bardellis is Christchurch's Best Joint".
Tufnell, who strongly denied the allegations, did not play in today's one-day international, the left-arm spinner having been left out for purely tactical reasons.Reuse content